HORTONVILLE – Amid the six tornados to hit Northeast Wisconsin, Hortonvile's Lu Piette feels her community was hit the hardest.
“It's been a mess, it's been real hard for all the people in the village, it really has,” said Piette.
Still trying to figure out how to handle her own damage, Piette joined hundreds of others at a meeting at Hortonville High School.
“Just want to get updated a little bit on how things are going because the town really did get hit hard,” said Terri Turner of Hortonville.
“We've moved on from the emergency situation now to the recovery part of the stage,” said Chief Michael Sullivan of Hortonville Police Department.
Sullivan says power has been restored to 95% of Hortonville. He says the timing of the meeting was to give residents enough time to assess their needs and figure out a list of questions they might have.
“Right now their mind is going a million different directions,” said Sullivan. “There's a lot of things they just haven't thought about that we want to make sure we put that thought there to keep them safe.”
While most of the meeting was a question and answer session, officials also touched on volunteer opportunities, food safety, fraud protection and other damage recovery tips.
“Everybody is a little more calmed down and we're at that point now where do we go from here,” said Sullivan.
Where to go from here is still being assessed, including options for debris pickup. It's a process Piette says the community is ready to help out with.
“It makes you feel good when you live in an area where people step up and help each other,” said Piette.
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